Emory Professor Drew Westen asks “What Happened to Obama?” Americans elected Barack Obama to fill the shoes of F.D.R. and Teddy Roosevelt, he says. According to Westen, Obama has failed because of his “aversion to conflict,” and “failure to understand bully dynamics.” As Martin Luther King, Jr. faced down the bullies, Obama has not. Alas, Obama’s $700 Billion stimulus was much too small. Westen is delusional – can’t bear the fact that his guy is inept, bumbling, but worse, so admires the European socialism of the European Union that he cannot let go of it, and is so steeped in it, that he can’t see the dollars for the Euro.
Westen’s theme is, that from inauguration day forward, the usually eloquent Obama failed to tell a story that the American people could hold onto as they drowned in unemployment and unpaid mortgages.
Perhaps most profound from the Emory University psychology professor:
That story would have made clear that the president understood that the American people had given Democrats the presidency and majorities in both houses of Congress to fix the mess the Republicans and Wall Street had made of the country, and that this would not be a power-sharing arrangement.
No power sharing in Westen’s mind, and there was certainly none in the minds of Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. (D-CA). There was no power-sharing in the disastrous Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) as Democrats who held both Chambers for the first two years of the Obama reign, rammed through the most dangerous piece of legislation ever to parade through the halls of Capitol Hill.
Pretty pathetic for a psychologist. Only a raving Leftist would blame Republicans for the housing meltdown. The man is delusional. At one time, the White House had a list of the 17 times the Bush administration tried to get Congress to do something about the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) – with each attempt failing. That record disappeared from the public on Barack Obama’s arrival in the Oval. How about the numerous serious efforts Bush personally made to revamp Social Security. Democrats demagogued the issue and Americans wrung their hands. Even Republicans couldn’t tell the story honestly or enthusiastically.
When pitted against a tough budget-cutting message straight from the mouth of its strongest advocates, swing voters vastly preferred a message that began, “The best way to reduce the deficit is to put Americans back to work.”
Yeah, but Obama didn’t. And there is proof today that swing voters wanted to get back to work, but certainly did not expect the government to balloon to fulfill that mission. Swing voters didn’t expect Obama to govern by dangerous and restrictive regulations. But he did, and “swing voters” will not make the same mistake in November 2012.
Westen is undoubtedly right when he says he has “no idea what Barack Obama” believes on any issue. That’s the problem. Voters, like this academic, ushered the empty suit into office on virtue of his meaningless but pretty rhetoric, without giving a thought, and never asking the man, how will you make this happen. Many of us out understood how he planned to do it. We looked at his background, and we listened. We “got it” that redistribution of wealth” was Obama’s only plan. Buying Obama voters was how he would do it, from health care to supporting illegal aliens and allowing intimidation at the voting booth.
In the end, Westen is po’d at one thing: Obama takes both sides. But professor, it’s part of the ruse, part of the plan of manufactured chaos – following Saul Alinsky and Cloward and Piven. It’s not hard to grasp, even for a delusional Lefty professor.
He ends with obligatory hostage-taking scenario of “extremist” Republican, and finally…finally…we can understand who Westen is:
Perhaps those of us who were so enthralled with the magnificent story he told in “Dreams From My Father” appended a chapter at the end that wasn’t there — the chapter in which he resolves his identity and comes to know who he is and what he believes in.
Westen failed to pay attention. Even after reading Barack the son’s book on Barak the father, he ignored that this President idolized a drunk, a womanizer, a communist opportunist, a liar, a polygamist, and a serial-seed-planter. Barack the son said he wanted to “prove” himself through political organizing, as did his father. Perhaps Westen aspires to the same.
…there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.I do not see why the government cannot tax those who have more and syphon some of these revenues into savings which can be utilized in investment for future development.
The Emory magazine says Professor Drew Westen is “an expert on what makes people tick.” Until now. So the question is, What Happened to Obama? And the answer is, he is who he is. Don’t you get it?
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